486 Squadron Typhoon Ib EJ969 SA-A F/O. Brown
Date: 16th May 1943 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 486 Squadron (11 Group)
Type: Typhoon Ib
Base: RAF Tangmere, Sussex
Location: English Channel
Pilot: F/O. Andrew Alexander Brown NZ/404886 RNZAF Age 24 Missing- believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
The Squadron took off at 06:00 hrs to carry out a shipping reconnaissance at the estuary of the Seine. Around 8 miles from Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer they came across several E-Boats accompanied by an armed trawler. The unit attacked the shipping but during the encounter EJ969 was hit by flak, the pilot broke away trying to head back to England. It became clear that he was not going to make it so he climbed to 1500 ft in order to make a safe bale out, which he did.
The others saw him alight on the sea at about 06:44 hrs and that he managed to clamber into his dingy. They circled awaiting assistance from air sea rescue but as their fuel was becoming dangerously low they were forced to return.
Tragically, he was never recovered - now remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.
F/O. Andrew Alexander Brown. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 197. Born on the 16h December 1918. Son of John Arthur and Vida Maude Brown, of Rotorua, Auckland, New Zealand. A total of 617 flying hours logged.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: